It began with a soft whimper, then a bit of whining and then heart-wrenching howls — loud, long howls — mixed with barks. Leia scampered to the door and back, as if going there would bring her foster mom back. She was clearly panicked and grieving inconsolably all at once. All we could do was offer soft reassurances. We didn’t try to stop her or quiet her. We understood. We bore witness to her pain.
After about an hour of this, we remembered people telling us their dogs calmed and relaxed when our guided meditations and music were playing. We started to play our Meditation Oasis podcast. She ran over to the iPad when she first heard it. Then back to her howling, and then gradually, very gradually she calmed. Her cries got softer with more and longer times of silence. Gradually, gradually she calmed.
Much to our surprise and delight, she’s become more and more relaxed ever since. There was even some tail wagging, turning belly up for belly rubs and snuggling as the evening went on. We made it through a quiet night of sleep. Maybe she would have calmed anyway, but we suspect the doggy meditation sessions helped. In any case, we love sharing this photo of our darling new relaxed doggy with you.
Have you had any experience with dogs listening to guided meditations or meditation music?